Penn State Altoona to present artwork of Clarissa R. Gerber

August 31, 2015

An exhibition of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Clarissa R Gerber will be on display at Penn State Altoona. The exhibition, "Sensation," is free and open to the public and will run Oct. 8 to Dec. 13 in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. A reception will be held 3-5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the center's Titelman Study.

Gerber, a native of Connecticut, attended college in New York graduating from Alfred University in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts and philosophy of religion. Before pursuing graduate studies, Gerber taught philosophy at Alpena Community College in Alpena, Michigan. In 2011, she received her master of fine arts degree from Michigan State University (MSU) where she was awarded a MSU graduate assistantship and a graduate merit fellowship. Gerber’s studies and interest in philosophy, psychology, and gender studies have greatly influenced her paintings, especially her research of Michel Foucault, C. G. Jung, and Linda Nochlin. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in national juried exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and First Street Gallery in New York City. Gerber previously taught art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and Middlesex Community College in Connecticut, and she is currently an assistant professor of art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Of her artwork, Gerber stated, “Whether understood as complex physiological organisms or as souls swaddled in flesh, humans embody mystery and potentiality. My interest goes beyond the unseen and incorporeal elements to embrace the physicality of people as well as their collective psychology. I find subtle moments revealing — the tension in an arm, the curve of a shoulder, the intense look in an eye, and the connections people make when they look at each other.

"My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. My current series acts as both a study of persona and as conduit to express emotion for myself, for the model, and for the viewer. Through the use of color, pattern, and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.”

The Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Thursday and before and during all performances. For further information, call the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 814-949-5452 or visit the Penn State Altoona website at

Last Updated September 02, 2015